Praying for Broken Hearts in the GOP

October 16, 2013, 2:24 pm | Posted by
Greg Kaufmann, The Nation
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Faith in Public Life led press outreach and helped to organize the pilgrimage to end the government shutdown.

Yesterday in the Canon House Office Building rotunda on Capitol Hill, Rabbi David Shneyer led an interfaith group of approximately 150 clergy leaders, locked-out workers, and people of faith, in song.

“Of love and justice I will sing,” sang the rabbi, playing a guitar and riffing off of Psalm 101.

As the others joined in, their voices rang out powerfully and could be heard clearly a floor below.

The group had gathered to participate in an action organized by Faith in Public Life and the Washington Interreligious Staff Community. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Unitarians and others marched on the offices of key Republican Members—including GOP Leadership—and urged a vote to immediately end the shutdown and to raise the debt ceiling without preconditions. Petitions with over 32,000 signatures were simultaneously delivered to members’ home district offices around the country.

When the song ended, Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, offered a prayer: “It is the common good that is the way forward for our nation…. And so let us pray for their courage that they can act on behalf of all of our people. And may our walking these halls, and praying with Congress, be the bridge that you need for healing and for some sanity in caring for all.”

The group then began its procession while singing “Amazing Grace” and other hymns. Police officers quickly told them to keep their volume low and stay to the sides of the corridors, or risk arrest. The group complied. It wasn’t that they feared arrest—many of these faith leaders have engaged in civil disobedience in the past—but that wasn’t their mission on Tuesday.

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Faith-based group delivers statement to Hurt’s office on shutdown

October 15, 2013, 2:38 pm | Posted by
The Daily Progress
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Faith in Public Life led press outreach and worked with Faithful America to organize the petition and delivery. 

A faith-based social justice organization delivered a statement with more than 32,000 nationwide, online-culled signatures calling for an end to the federal government’s partial shutdown to the Charlottesville-area office of Rep. Robert Hurt.

Presented Tuesday afternoon, the petition signers included more than 150 Catholic, evangelical and mainline Protestant leaders who are members of Faithful America, an online community that’s working to put faith into action for social justice.

“As Christians and citizens, we are appalled that elected officials are pursuing an extreme ideological agenda at the expense of the working poor and vulnerable families,” the 195-word statement says.

 

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Sister Simone Campbell Makes Capitol Hill Pilgrimage: Religious Leaders And Workers Sing And Pray For Moderate Republicans

October 15, 2013, 2:29 pm | Posted by
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Huffington Post
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Faith in Public Life led press outreach and helped to organize the pilgrimage to end the government shutdown.

Like most Americans, Sister Simone Campbell is feeling desperate about the current stand-off and shut down of the government. So Sister Simone along with an interfaith group of religious leaders decided to do something about it. Over 70 prominent religious leaders joined with locked-out federal workers in a pilgrimage on Capitol Hill this morning; an action organized by Faith In Public Life together with other religious groups.

“We held a pilgrimage through the capitol to pray that Congress finds the courage to act on behalf of the common good,” the Catholic nun explained to the Huffington Post over the phone. “We called upon the offices of moderate Republicans to pray that they would exercise courage and not be intimidated by the extremes in the Republican party.”

The group processed through the halls of Congress singing ‘Amazing Grace’, unaware that the House Republican caucus had used the same song to open their session that morning. The multi-faith group visited several Republican offices that had indicated a willingness to find a solution and, according to Sister Campbell, they received a touching reception.

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Group calls on Meadows to end government shutdown

October 15, 2013, 12:40 pm | Posted by
Nancy Tanker, Hendersonville Times-News
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FPL led press out outreach and worked with Faithful America to organize the petition and delivery to Rep. Meadows’ office. 

A representative of an online social justice network delivered a petition to Congressman Mark Meadows’ Hendersonville office Tuesday, calling on Meadows to end the partial government shutdown.

Dr. Robert Fulbright, a retired educator and a volunteer with Faithful America, gave Meadows’ representative Deborah Potter documents containing 32,000 signatures. Faithful America describes itself as “a fast-growing online community dedicated to reclaiming Christianity from the religious right and putting faith into action for social justice.”

Though the petition was signed by people from across the United States, Fulbright said it contained signatures from residents in 25 towns that lie in Meadows’ 11th Congressional District.

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Immigration rally draws hundreds

October 6, 2013, 1:22 pm | Posted by
Associated Press
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FPL led press outreach for the event. 

Organizers say several hundred people took part in an immigration- reform rally in Ohio outside U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s office.

It was one of dozens of rallies across the nation to call for reforms in the nation’s immigration laws.

The events Saturday were part of the “National Day for Dignity and Respect.”

Immigrant families, religious leaders and union representatives were among those attending the rally in Springfield in southwest Ohio.

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